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Choose a production that you have seen that combines skills of actors and designers in an enjoyable or unusual way. Discuss in detail one scene or section that you have found particular effective.

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Choose a production that you have seen that combines skills of actors and designers in an enjoyable or unusual way. Discuss in detail one scene or section that you have found particular effective. You will need to refer to activity on stage, audience reaction, possible lighting, sound, set design and costume. The production that I will be writing about is called 'Kiss me Kate'. This play was seen on the 23rd of May 2002 at the Victoria Palace Theatre. The section that I will be talking about is the "Wunderbar." This play was set in Baltimore in 1948. It was a musical comedy, which was also a play within a play. The plot also included Shakespeare's 'Taming of the Shrew'. The stage was a proscenium arch stage. The two characters that I will be talking about is Lilly Vanessi who was played by Marin Mazzie and Fred Graham who was played by Brent Barrett. ...read more.

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A combination of the red and blue gels gave the set an emotional feeling. I liked the way that they used a lot of space and they never stood up in just one place but moved around. The door between the two dressing rooms symbolised that the two characters had a rift between them. On the set Mazzie was wearing a pink silk and black lace dressing gown this made Mazzie seem wealthy and the way she walked showed that she had status and made her seem like the leading lady of the show. Barrett was wearing a purple housecoat this also showed that he had a bit of status and he walked with his chest out as if to show the audience that he was important. The colours of the costumes converged together to form a nice colour scheme on stage especially when they are singing together it looked romantic. ...read more.

Conclusion

In the 'Wunderbar' scene you can see that Mazzie and Barrett have a love/hate relationship in the way that they argued with eachother one minute and then they reminisced and remembered how much they loved eachother back in the days the next. They showed this by the way that they looked into each others eyes and you could see how they concentrated hard into each others eyes. This showed a lot of affection. When Mazzie and Barrett were singing to eachother you could see the way, that Mazzie changed her voice from dominant to calm and affectionate so that it sounded more meaningful. Throughout that scene, you could see that the audience was gripped with tension and when Mazzie and Barrett finally kissed the audience applauded in response and there were romantic feelings in the theatre. By Charmaine Ojebode 10 Ignatius ...read more.

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